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Hailey Dunn 13 Denied Amber AlertPoetry by Luke Easter Salem-News.com
Are public officials doing enough to help locate missing kids?
(CLEVELAND) - Forward by Mitch Carr: If an Amber Alert had been issued for 13-year-old Hailey Darlene Dunn, you'd see it on blinking TxDOT billboards, hear it on the radio, and be able to see and hear more on TV. No alert has been issued, however, because not enough information is available.
Hailey was last seen leaving home and heading for a friend's house on the night of Monday December 27. She never made it to that friend's house, and a week later friends and family held a candlelight prayer vigil for her safe return.
750 people attended.
But still no Amber Alert, and it's because crucial information is still missing. To issue an Amber Alert, the child must be under 17. Hailey's 13 so that checks out.
But law enforcement also have to have information indicating that the child is in immediate physical danger of something like a sexual assault for example. That's not the case here as far as we know.
There's also no proof that Hailey was abducted. She simply hasn't been seen in a week, but that does not mean she's been abducted.
Because there's no proof of abduction, there's no description of a suspect nor any description of a suspect vehicle. Those are two important pieces of information that also must be included if an amber alert is to be issued.
Hailey's mother Billie Jean Dunn and the family just want Hailey back.
"We want her to know she's not in trouble with us or the police. We just need to get her back. We've got to have her back," Billie Jean Dunn said.
CNN Headline News's Nancy Grace decided to pick up the story.
The anonymous reward for information leading to Hailey's safe return is currently at $25,000 and growing.
Hailey Dunn 13 Denied Amber Alert
Teenage cheerleader has disappeared in a small Texas town,
And while her family, friends and local police scurry around,
Colorado City Police Chief John Bivins says no Amber Alert,
Officials say her case doesn’t meet the criteria & if she’s hurt?
The state of Texas has certain guidelines to follow in this case,
Minimum standard for creating an Amber Alert is knowledge,
Colorado City, population of 4000, is 70 miles west of Abilene,
Hailey did not make it to the friend’s and no one knows where,
The friend Hailey was to be staying with said they made no plans,
Friday, police bloodhound picked up her scent, parking lot, motel,
Review of the motel’s surveillance tapes failed to produce any leads,
Hailey is described as 5'2", 120 pounds, with hazel eyes & brown hair,
The only reason crimes like this happen is because perverts know,
Local government, unlike state authorities are putting in their time,
From the sincerest hearts in and out of Texas sympathy is poured,
Investigators were seen searching Hailey’s house on Chestnut Street,
By Luke Easter
Learn more: FindHaileyDunn.com
Luke Easter is a poet who writes about things that are very close to the heart of Salem-News.com. Another former U.S. Marine, Luke heals the world with an approach that reaches people on a different level, one known for centuries, yet too often forgotten in the one we live in.
We live in a world of social & economic injustice. The main reason for founding America in the first place was to relieve the oppression of the King of England. Patrick Henry said it best, “give me liberty or give me death.” And yet, all too often death seems to be the only way out. Why is there such a high suicide rate especially among teens, in the land of the free & the home of the brave? What makes headlines? Good news? Ha! More depressing stories than anything else. I feel poetry takes an edge off the hurt of bad news while still delivering it but in a, “glitzy” sort of way. Giving a different perspective. Kind of like slap in the face as opposed to a knife in the back. At least with the slap you’ll live to see another day and you will know whom it’s from. I wasn’t here for the beginning of the world but at 59, I just might be here for the end.
Even though it’s still a knife, rhyme poetry helps to dull the blade. And that’s my job. You can write to Luke Easter at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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